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Volkswagen is a company well known for exploiting all manner of market niches but it found itself looking on from the sidelines as the market for small MPVs boomed. Developing a new platform would have been costly so its answer was to modify the existing Golf chassis to form the slightly more spacious Golf Plus. As a new proposition back in 2004, it met with a tepid reaction but the revised first generation version that sold between 2009 and 2013 is a slightly better bet, especially as a used buy. Read on to find out why.
Now that used prices have levelled off, the facelifted Golf Plus looks a much better bet than it ever did when new. It's still not as committed a five-seat MPV as something like a Ford C-MAX, a Citroen C4 Picasso or a Renault Scenic, but if you find those cars a bit too suburban and over-practical for your tastes, the Golf Plus makes an interesting halfway point.
The limited amount of used stock available might force you into a few compromises on colour, trim or condition. After all, the Golf Plus was always out-sold forty to one by the standard hatch version in the UK. Still, if you're part of the small percentage of people who want a used Golf but a slightly more spacious one, this particular Plus could well appeal. It's certainly a much better proposition in this improved form.
Borrowing £7,500 on a Hire Purchase agreement over 48 months, a representative APR of 18.5% and a deposit of £0.00,
the amount repayable would be £216.89 a month, with a total cost of credit of £2,910.72 and a total amount
payable of £10,410.72.
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